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Ghana, Namibia Sign 7 MoUs For Cooperation

 

 

The Governments of Ghana and Namibia have signed a total of seven Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) for cooperation in seven different fields.

The agreements were signed in the following areas:

1. Cooperation in the field of Social Protection, Gender Mainstreaming and Women Empowerment

2. Cooperation in the Field of Agriculture

3. Trade and Economic Cooperation

4. Maritime Cooperation

5. Tourism

6. Cooperation in the Field of Sport Development

7. Cooperation in the areas of Oil and Gas

Both nations sealed the agreements during the fourth Session of Ghana – Namibia Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation.

The 4th Session of the Ghana – Namibia Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation was held from Monday 18th April to Wednesday 20th April, 2022 in Accra.

Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and her counterpart Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Relations and Cooperation of Namibia, participated in the PJCC and also signed the MoUs.

In her opening remarks, Madam Ayorkor Botchwey said :Ghana and Namibia share long-standing historical bonds of friendship that date back to Namibia’s liberation struggle.

She stated that Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame
Nkrumah, and Ghana, actively supported Namibia’s Independence struggle spearheaded by the South-West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO), under the able leadership of His Excellency Dr. Sam Nujoma. Our common history of liberation was built on President Nkrumah’s Declaration that Ghana’s Independence was meaningless unless it was linked up with the total liberation of the African continent.

According to her, “We are pleased that the fraternal relations and cooperation between our two countries have continued to grow stronger over the years, with the exchange of high-level visits and a shared vision and desire to work together for the prosperity of our two Peoples. Our progress towards strengthening cooperation in fields such as education, health, Air transport services, aviation, security, trade and investment, among others, istestament to the high commitment ofsucceeding
Governments, on both sides, to overcome the conditions that keep our nations
and people from realizing the Africa We Want.”

She added that “the links between the Foreign Services of Ghana and Namibia, the two bodies leading the work under the Ghana-Namibia PJCC, reflect the deep connection between our two countries. I wish to recall that Ghana played a significant role in the development and establishment of the Foreign Service of Namibia, following the attainment of Namibia’s Independence. I am proud to mention that one of Ghana’s pioneer Diplomats, Ambassador Ebenezer Moses Debrah, who was selected to lead this task, acquitted himself creditably. Today,
the majority of the senior Officers of Namibia’s Diplomatic Service were his
students while some are serving their country in various positions in the country.”

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah (left) and Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (right) signing the MoUs

“I welcome, in that regard, the proposal for our two Foreign Ministries to share
ideas in respect of the establishment of our respective Foreign Service Training Institute. We must equip the young and the next generation of Ghanaian and Namibian Diplomats with the knowledge and skills needed to perform and excel.”

On her part, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperations of Namibia, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, said in order for Ghana and Namibia to further their strong bilateral cooperation there is a need to foster cooperation between our two countries in the following fields; Agriculture which is essential for food security, self – sufficiency and agribusiness, Fisheries and Marine Resources as Namibia and Ghana are both coastal countries to benefit from the opportunities granted by the blue economy, cooperation in Maritime Affairs, Tourism in order to exchange best practices and share experiences in order to improve our tourism statistics and effect real change in the lives of our two peoples, Youth and Sport as the youth is the biggest population in both and countries and in Africa our first priority must be to
continue empowering them, through education, SME Development, Arts and culture as well as Sports and cooperation in Oil and Gas especially now when Namibia has developed a green hydrogen power / hydroelectricity Power Plan
that would provide sufficient clean energy not only for our people but our neighbours and Africa at large.”

The Deputy Prime Minister opined that “In order for these areas of cooperation to be realized Memorandums of Understanding needs to be signed between our two
countries as instruments of implementation. ”

Participants of the fourth Session on the cooperation between Ghana and Namibia in a group photo

“Two of the new identified areas for possible collaboration are between the International Women’s Peace Center in Namibia and the Kofi Annan Peace Training Center. It is my hope that the discussions that took place will inform the the proposed instrument for cooperation. At the same time, as a uranium producing country, Namibia places great value on nuclear energy and
nuclear technology for peaceful use. I commend our officials for having initiated a discussion with the Ghana Atomic Energy Agency. Similarly, we believe we have much to learn from Ghana’s policy on the diasporas and how they contribute to Ghana’s development programs.”

 

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